This follows President Trump’s decision to reimpose tough sanctions on the rogue regime despite the lack of UN support. Robert Joseph, former special envoy for nuclear non-proliferation, said the US move would “deter” companies in Europe and elsewhere from doing business with Iran. He added: “President Trump has said he will sanction them. These companies will face a difficult choice: trade with Iran or trade with the United States. The choice will be obvious. “
But the US decision was rejected by France, Germany and Britain, whose diplomats said the US – which left the JCPOA in 2018 – no longer had a say in the plan. and that their sanctions are therefore “legally null”.
Mr Joseph rejected claims that the US ‘maximum pressure’ strategy presented the EU with a difficult choice between diplomacy and war, saying: ‘Appeasement and conciliation simply provide resources to continue. aggression, oppression of the people and prolongs the Iranian regime.
He added: “We know that the JCPOA nuclear deal did not lead to a moderate Iran. He used his money to finance foreign aggression and terrorism. But the United States has not gone to war since it left.
Mr Joseph issued his warning at a recent conference held by the Iranian opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, which boasted of many US and UK politicians, including former Brexit Minister David Jones .
MP for Clwyd West said: “Iran is at a crossroads: there have been three years of anti-regime protests, with workers striking and rejecting theocracy and demanding true democracy.
“Britain is wrong, as are France and Germany, in joining a flawed JCPOA, which does not hold Iran to account or contradict its unacceptable behavior.
“We should be on the side of our staunch ally, the United States, and not the EU we just left.”
He compared support for democracy in Iran to the Battle of Britain 80 years ago.
Mr Jones said: “We were alone against the appalling fascist dictatorship and supported the underground movements. British and American interests converged with democratic aspirations. The same should be true for Iran. “
Iranian leaders say they are not violating the JCPOA because they allow UN inspectors access to their sites.